Hands-On: Some Quick Thoughts On The New Rolex Air-King Versus The New Explorer (Live Pics, Official Pricing)

The Rolex Explorer Reference 214270

The new Explorer includes new glowing applications and more, more extensive hands for better legibility.

So the new Explorer reference 214270, as presented here on HODINKEE a week ago , is a lot of equivalent to the active emphasis of similar reference with its Oyster Perpetual case at 39 mm, 100-meter water opposition, and in-house type 3132. The enormous changes to this watch versus the first are stylish, with a more extravagant utilization of lume, and more extensive, longer hands that answer the complaints of numerous idealists who grumbled about the hands from a 36 mm Explorer on a 39 mm watch.

The Rolex Explorer reference 214270 on the wrist.

The Explorer 214270 highlights the brilliant in-house type 3132, is currently a standout chronometer, appraised to – 2/+2 seconds out of each day. The Explorer highlights Paraflex safeguards also, which suit the mountain-scaling nature of the plan. The cost for the Explorer 214270 will be $6,500 and will become accessible this fall. More here .

The Rolex Air-King Reference 116900

The new Rolex Air-King has been presented as a pilot’s watch, and is the first run through a multicolor logo has been seen on any Rolex watch.

Now here is the place where things get intriguing. The Air-King is back – and apparently up-market from the point from which it left a few years back. While the Air-King name was enlisted during the ’40s by Rolex, it is known by most the more modest, passage level, date-less cousin of the Datejust. Since job has a place with the different Oyster Perpetuals, and the Air-King is its own man, and however it remains date-less, it is currently the older sibling to the Explorer (in any event truly talking – it’s 40 mm).

The new Air-King is 40 mm in breadth, one millimeter bigger (just as two millimeters thicker) than the Explorer.

Further, Rolex has situated the Air-King as out and out a genuine pilot’s watch. While the title was consistently there, at no point ever did I consider a Rolex Air-King a pilot’s watch, ever. In any case, here it is, with 1940s military-style dial markings (5’s to the furthest extent that the eye can see) and a text style straight off the prior Air-Kings. The markers on this new Air-King are printed, aside from the four posts, which are applied and share a look with the Explorer, which has each hour marker applied. Also, the Air-King is the absolute first Rolex to include a crown and mark in two unique tones: here in yellow and green!

Here’s the place where things get astounding, however. The Air-King is hostile to magnetic, and the Explorer isn’t (inferable from its magnetic shield, the Air-King is 2 mm thicker). We have a genuine delicate iron case here in this new Air-King, which we don’t have elsewhere in the expert Rolex line (save the Milgauss, normally). Insane, isn’t that so? What the Explorer has that the Air-King doesn’t are Paraflex safeguards, yet shy of that, the types are indistinguishable. What’s more, indeed, nearly all the other things is indistinguishable between the two watches – from the wristband to the fasten, to even the cost! The Explorer will come in at $6,500, as referenced above, and the Air-King will be $6,200 – and it’s enemy of magnetic, and bigger! It doesn’t have completely applied markers on the dial or stun opposition, however one needs to ponder which is really the better arrangement here – stun obstruction at 39 mm and $6,500 or magnetism obstruction at 40 mm at $6,200.

More on the Air-King here .